YOUNG BARDS PROVE THE ART OF THE POEM IS ALIVE AND WELL – IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH


Scholastic Instructorâ Magazine Announces Four Winners of its 8th Annual Poetry Contest

New York, NY (May 2, 2007) -- Four young poets have been named the winners of Instructor® magazine’s 8th Annual Poetry Contest. The extraordinary poems include one by a first-grader writing in the first person as if he were a mountain, and another by an eighth-grader describing images of night.
 
Instructor magazine, published by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and distributed six times per year to teachers nationwide, selected winners in the grades K-3 and 4-8 categories, in both English and Spanish languages. Judges picked two English and two Spanish language poems out of a pool of more than 10,000 submissions from around the country. Award-winning poet Gary Soto served as head judge.
 
These are the winners of the Instructor magazine 8th Annual Poetry Contest and excepts from their work:
 
· Eloise Schultz, The Spence School, New York, NY (English, 4-8)
 
“Always in May”
 
Always in May, I set out to attack the bushes outside of my home
With shears
Always in May, I ignore the people walking by, staring at the clippers
As though they are covered in blood
Long ago in May, Mrs. Smyth watched me from her window across the street
People say she lived at home alone with fifteen dozen cats
Then again, people say
 
· Haley Dresang, Shorewood Intermediate School, Shorewood, WI (Spanish, 4-8)
 
“En La Noche”
 
En la noche se me olvido de todo.
Mi reflección en el lago se refleja la luz de la luna.
Los colores del cielo son magníficos.
De azul profundo a un morado oscuro.
 
· Noah Jordon, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME (English, K-3)
 
“The Mountains”
 
We stand still for everything that comes stumbling up our
back.
We scrape the high sky.
We can hear the wind whistling beside us.
We are the mountains.
 
· Paula Ayala, Awty International School, Houston, TX (Spanish, K-3)
 
“El Perrito”
 
El perrito viene por aquí,
El perrito dice que sí,
Su madre dice mire ahí,
Para su comida de todos las días.
 
Instructor Magazine and Scholastic are proud to honor the four talented winners of our 8th Annual Poetry Contest.  They are a wonderful tribute to the creativity of all children which, when fostered, can amaze and inspire,” said Dana Truby, editor of Instructor.  “The Poetry Contest is our favorite time of year at Instructor. We congratulate all the students who submitted poetry, and hope they’ll continue to develop and write creatively.”
 
The four winners will receive prize packages worth over $500, including: a year-long subscription to Connect and Join (4-8 winners) or the Pokemon Learning League (K-2 winners), a poetry library from Harcourt Press, a selection of books from Chronicles Books, Telestory Plug-in and Learn books from JAKKS, as well as JAKKS notebooks and mechanical pencils for each winner’s entire class. The winners’ packages also include prizes from ETA Cuisinaire, Franklin Electronic Publishers, Crick Software, the Educational Institute, Knowledge Adventure and netTrekker d.i.
 
Six runners up will also receive $50 gift certificates for Scholastic products. Prior to submission, teachers are encouraged to lead students through a writing workshop process in which they brainstorm, draft, revise, and proofread their poems.
 
For a detailed list of the other Poetry Contest winners and runners-up, and to read their poems, please visit http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=12056.
 
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